Enhancement of spectrum in UV and CaI recorded on photoelectric spectrometer scans by Grainger and Ring in Italy. Effect seen on Aristarchus. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=740 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=5.
Aristarchus 1962 May 20 UTC 08:00? Observed by Wildey, Pohn (Mt Wilson, CA ?, 60" reflector? Photometer) "Reddish color in Aris. 0.88 magnitudes brighter than normal (photometry)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very good). NASA catalog ID #758. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Bullialdus 1962 May 20 UTC 08:00? Observed by Wildey, Pohn (Mt Wilson, CA ?, 60" reflector? Photometer) "1.05 magnitudes brighter than normal (photometry)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very good). NASA catalog ID #758. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Kepler 1962 May 20 UTC 08:00? Observed by Wildey, Pohn (Mt Wilson, CA ?, 60" reflector? Photometer) "1.03 magnitudes brighter than normal (photometry)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very good). NASA catalog ID #758.
1969Jan04 UT19:30-20:00 W.Deane (Hendon, UK, 2" refractor) observed a bright yellow spot just E of Aristarchus, stretching from the S. end of Montes Harbinger to the S. wall of Prinz. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1970 Nov 14 UT20:10 J.Coates (Burnley Astromical Society, 8.5" reflector, x102 and x204) saw a dirty green colour on the NW region of the crater, in patches, with a green area nearby. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1984 Feb 18 at 05:35UT Moseley (Coventry, UK, 6" reflector, x120, seeing II-III, transparency very poor to good) found that the crater was difficult to define. However observing conditions variable. P. Moore observed that the crater was normal at 04:00UT. Moseley found the crater well defined later. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=242 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Copernicus 1975 Jul 24 UT 22:52 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England, 10" ? reflector or 4" refractor?) "Copernicus indistinct in red and blue filters" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1409.
Fracastorius 1975 Jul 24 UT 22:52 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England, 10" ? reflector or 4" refractor?) "Fracastorius had a blink (red or blue?)" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1409.
Tycho 1975 Jul 24 UT 22:52 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England, 10" ? reflector or 4" refractor?) "Tycho indistinct in red and blue filters" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1409.
Aristarchus 1969 Dec 26 UT 03:35-03:45 Observed by Kilburn (England, 6" x192) "Suspected faint blink & glow outside of SW(IAU?) wall. Large area was gray toward Herod. Another blink inside between 2 bands at0330h. At 0345h neither blinks seen. Blink seen in blue (=red event?). Next nite crater was normal." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1231.
Plato 1971 Dec 05 UT21:00-21:10 D.B.Taylor (Dundee, UK, 10" refractor, conditions poor and turbulent). Observer suspected colour orange colour near bright spot on north wall. Observation ceased due to being clouded out. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1968 Dec 07 UT 07:00? observed by Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA, 24" reflector+Moon Blink) "Bluing around 3 craters, strongest at Aris. Lasted several days. Photos show 30% more intensity in blue filter than in red or neutral. Moon's declination northerly. Obs. think it was due to atm. effects" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #1105.
On 1968 Dec 07 at UT 07:00? Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA, 24" reflector and Moon Blink device) observed a bluing around three craters, one of which was Kepler. This effect lasted several days. Photographs were taken that show30% more intensity in the blue filter than in red or neutral. The Moon's decination was northerly. The observers suspect that it was an atmospheric efect and not a TLP. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1105 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Gassendi 1940 Jul 22 UT 05:00 Observed by Haas (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) "Largest bright spot in SE part of floor had I=8.6, but 6+ on other dates. (see #472, 474 & 475). (8.6 is normal?)" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #469. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Proclus 1956 Jul 25 UTC 06:16-06:33 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=3-5, T=4) "C.p. distinctly vis. within floor shadeo, est. 5 deg bright but no trace of it at col. 122.37deg in Oct, '55(Oct. 4?)." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #645. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Near Bacon, Barocius, Nicolai i.e. 16E-25E, 52S-42S 1878 Nov 13 UTC 02:30 Observed by Hammes & others (Oskaloose, Iowa, USA, 6.5" reflector) "Lunar volcano (drawing) (investigation & correspondence cast doubt on location)" NASA catalog weight=? NASA catalog ID #208.
LeCroy Jr. and Sr. (Springfield, VA, 4.5" reflector, x75, S=VG, T=3) observed the following in the Aristarchus and Herodotus region: "Prior to 0542h the 2 craters were 2 bright spots within bright areas. Then a brightness developed merging them together into one big bright area with no discernable details. Returned to normal at 0554h. Sketches. Albedo=10+ where normal albedo is 9.5". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= 1413 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 2006 Dec 08 at UT 17:32 (+/- 2 min) M. Collins (Palmerston North, New Zealand, 3.5" Maksutov, 40mm eyepiece, seeing III-IV) observed during daylight hours an extremely bright flash south of Godin. It flared up and down over a fraction of a second an appeared three times brighter than the Moon background itself. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1877 Nov 23 UT 22:00? Observed by Crain, Klein, Eng. officer (France?, Cologne, Germany, England?, 6" refractor?) "A luminous triangular object on floor & each craterlet on floor outlined as a lum. pt. (indep. confirm.?)" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #199. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Aristillus 1939 Sep 03 UTC 05:00 Observed by Haas? (New Mexico?) "Dark area in W. part of floor was I=4.0, comp. with I=1.3, & I=3.7 (see # 450, & #454). Used different telescope, but can't explain diff. in albedo, since phase is similar in 2 & dist. from term. similar in all (normal?)." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #459.
Aristillus 1939 Jul 06 UT 05:00 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) "Dark area in W. part of floor was I=1.3 but other dates were brighter. or same. yet cond. similar (see #454, 459 & 461)" NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #450.
Fracastorius 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floor brighter in red than in blue. Suspects colour is spurious". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1410.
Plato 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floors brighter in red than in blue". NASA catalog weight= 1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1410.
Theophilus 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floor brighter in red than in blue". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASa catalog ID #1410.
On 1979 Jul 14 at UT 00:24-01:10 P. Madej (Huddersfield, UK, 15cm reflector, x35, x52, x73 and x110, seeing IV-V, transparency very good). Note that the observing date was also written as Jul 18th in the original report? Puiseaux was very clear in white light, but could not see the cenrtral peak. The central peak though was visible through a Waretten 15 (yellow) filter. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1956 Jul 28 UT 05:20-05:55 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=5, T=4) "Vivid blue- viol. gl. on c.p., band across E. floor, & EWBS, E. & NE wall". N.B. The effect had vanished by 07:20UT. NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID 646. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Copernicus 1939 Sep 06 UTC 06:00 Observed by Haas? (New Mexico?, 12" reflector) "Dark area at foot of N. inner wall had I=4.8 comp. with I= 1.8 in #451. (same phase so a real difference)." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #460.
In 1899 Aug 29 at UT 15:30-16:15 Fauth (Landstuhl, Germany) noted that the inner parts of Copernicus glowed in weak phosphorescent light though not directly illuminated by the Sun. He thought it probably due to multiple reflections from lighted walls. The craters Bullialdus and Reinhold did not shiw this effect though. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= 305 and the weight=0. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Vitello 1939 Jul 10 UT 09:30 Observed by Haas? (NM? USA, 12?" reflector) "S.part of dark area was I=2.5 but diff. values other times. (see #453, &457). Cond. were similar" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #452.
Vitello 1939 Jul 11 UT 09:30 Observed by Haas? (NM, USA, 12"? reflector) "S. part of dark area was I=2.5, but diff. values other times. (see #453, & #457). Cond. were similar." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #452.
On 1964 Mar 26 at UT 23:58 Lecuona (Madison, New Jersey, USA, x225, seeing = good) observed a sudden red low on the south west rim of Aristarchus in the dark part of the Moon. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= 803 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1968 Dec 23 at UT 01:30-01:56 Wick (Rapid City, SD, USA) noted Aristarchus as 9-10-8th magnitude, dimming and brightening. Pulsating was a pin point. 5-7 sec bluish-green at 01:36-01:56. Lehmann (Rapid City, SD, USA) saw an increase near the centre at 01:56UT (Cameron says confirmation?). At 02:00-02:30 UT Kohlenberger Fullerton, CA, USA) saw Aristarchus B bright and prominent, 1/2 magnitude, gradually brighter than before; then diminished 1, 1/2 magnitude. C. Harris (CA, USA) at 02:00-02:30UT saw gradual brightenings, 4-5sec to come up of whole crater (Cameron Suggests confirmation).Schroter's valley was almost same brightness but Aristarchus got brighter then dimmed. Cameron says that these observations were during the Apollo 8 watch. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1108 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=4.
On 1968 Dec 23 at UT 02:00-02:30 C. Harris (CA, USA) saw the south east quadrant of Grimaldi brighten up 3-4 times on "rim & area elliptical out SE". This was confirmed by Wilmington. No changes seen in India at UT 14:00-16:00 by Sinvhal (Kodai Kanal, India) - though cameron does not state excatly whether they were looking at Grimaldi, Aristarchus or elsewhere on the Moon. The cameron 1978 catalog ID=1108 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
In 1797 Mar 02 at UT 19:00? Caroche (France?) observed "a volcano on the Moon near Promontorium Heraclides". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=76 and the weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright 8th magnitude star-like point. A more detailed account is as follows: Early in the year 1821 -- and a light shone out on the moon -- a bright point of light in the lunar crater Aristarchus, which was in the dark at the time. It was seen, upon the 4th and the 7th of February, by Capt. Kater (An. Reg., 1821- 689); and upon the 5th by Dr. Olbers (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(25) It was a light like a star, and was seen again, May 4th and 6th, by the Rev. M. Ward and by Francis Bailey (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(26) At Cape Town, nights of Nov. 28th and 29th, 1821, again a star-like light was seen upon the moon (Phil. Trans., 112-237).(27).Cameron 1978 catalog ID=91 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1968 Dec 24 at UT 03:00-06:00 Kohlenberger (Fullerton, CA, USA), C. Harris (CA?, USA), and Bunton (Hawaii) observed in Aristarchus: "Brightening at times, very active. Arist. a star-like; both brightening simultaneously, pulsing from 0300-0306 & starlike at N. side at 0323 (Kohlenberger). Harris saw Aris. brightening at times. (Confirm. ?), Bunton saw nothing unusual (0300-0600) (alerted for tidal predict. by Middlehurst? apollo 8 watches)". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1109 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1981 Apr 08 at UT 21:45-22:00 P.W. Foley (Kent, UK, 12" reflector) found Aristarchus to be very bright, blue and variable. For example a CED brightness measurement at 21:45 was 0.5 and at 22:00 was 0.2. He also saw some white flashes on the eastern wall lasting each 2 sec in duration, Cameron 2006 catalog ID=128 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1981 Jun 06 at UT 21:30 G.W. Amery (Reading, UK, 10" reflector, seeing III) observed that Aristarchus was "quite distinctly even in twilight & Moon's altitude. Remaining dark areas were just visible". The 2006 Cameron catalog ID=142 and weight=0. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 2002 Feb 26th at 18:41:25 UT Michael Hather saw, on the limits of vision, a brief magnitude 7 white flash about 300 km north west of Aristarchus, in Earthshine. He was using a 120 mm refractor. No other observers were observing at this time.
On 1964 Mar 18 at UT00:59 Earl and his brother (St Petersburg, FL, USA, 2.4" refractor, x35. seeing = very good) observed flashes in Aristarchus crater. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= and weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Kepler In 1949 Feb 02 at UT 18:20-19:15 Y.W.I. Fisher (Brussels, Belgium, 4" refractor) observed in Earthshine a white between Kepler and Encke, in Earthshine. The glow began to fade at 18:50 and was gone by 19:15. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=513 and the weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright star-like point. A more detailed account is as follows: Early in the year 1821 -- and a light shone out on the moon -- a bright point of light in the lunar crater Aristarchus, which was in the dark at the time. It was seen, upon the 4th and the 7th of February, by Capt. Kater (An. Reg., 1821- 689); and upon the 5th by Dr. Olbers (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(25) It was a light like a star, and was seen again, May 4th and 6th, by the Rev. M. Ward and by Francis Bailey (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(26) At Cape Town, nights of Nov. 28th and 29th, 1821, again a star-like light was seen upon the moon (Phil. Trans., 112-237).(27).Cameron 1978 catalog ID=92 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1978 Dec 25 at UT 02:00 Taboada (Mexico) noticed that Aristarchus appeared to brighten in the dark though less intensely than Copernicus and Kepler (Cameron comments: älso brightening?). Alerted for tidal predictions by Middlehurst - Apollo 8 watch. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1111 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1979 Jun 30 at UT0246-0319 D. & D. Darling (Sun Praire, WL, USA, 12.5" reflector, 80x and 150x, S=5/10). A weak blue glow seen in the Aristarchus region. It was fainter than that in May 1979 but was relatively easier to see. There was one "streamer" going south and another to the south west, and then smaller ones within the crater. These streamers started to fade from view at 03:04UT and the blow glow changed to a blow spot and Aristarchus became normal by 03:19 UT. Cameron 2006 catalog ID=56 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1969 Nov 11/12 at UT23:30-01:00 Mitchell, Celis and Marti (Paso Hondo, Chile, 10" refractor, x96, 4" refractor, x80, 3" refractor, x60, seeing = excellent) observed Aristarchus with a blue centre and irregular form, alternating with normal aspects. Some opacity (independent confirmation?) - Apollo 12 watch. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1208 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1891 Nov 30 at UT23:00 Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright star- like point. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=93 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
White spot near Censorinus 1966 Dec 18 UT 23:40-23:46 Observed by Enie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 8" reflector x100, S=G) "Attention drawn to pink color in this usually white patch. Brightened to a light reddish tinge for 2 mins, then faded back to pink, then to white, Sketch." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1002.
In 1878 Oct 03 at UT 20:00 an Unknown observer noted that Hyginus Nova had the most conspicuous of all appearances, and there was no trace of it on 1878 Oct 04. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=201 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Einmart 1913 Jan 15 UTC 00:12 Observed by Pickering (Cambridge, Massachusets, 11" refractor, x330) "Spreading apron of white material like a sea of cloud. Not seen again after this date. Crater had been brightest area on moon between it & limb -- albedo 9. on Aug 5 albedo = 6. His atlas shows it bright. It grew dull after this date. He gave col. as 117? but FQ was at 1/15/?? at 10h" - note the quality of the NASA microfische is very bad and probably some of this text has been incorrectly read?. NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID # 342.
On 1987 Nov 28 at UT 04:16-04:45 D. Louderback (South Bend, WI, USA, 3"reflector, x150, S=E) observed that the Promontorium Agarum plateau was rather dull and grayish - usually it was "tannish" "even > sunlit areas, & twin craters at his point A which are always > spots on plateau. At 0420 whole plateau sank into complete darkness, hard to distinguish from mare plain. albedo dropped to 5 from 6.8 reading. Nearby plain was normal 5 so phenomena had not spread to it. At 0424 Cape started to reappear to albedo 6 until 0445, when it returned to normal, but not sharply defined - like through haze. Detail better in red than in blue filter, sketches. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=315 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Mare Crisium 1989 Jan 14 UTC 19:15 Observed by Hedley-Robinson (Devon, UK, 5" Coude, Antoniadi II seeing, x150) "Floor blinks indicating colour - used a Moon blink device". 2 areas of the floor were affected, The first one was on the far west of Mare Crisium, next to Proclus crater. The second area was in the NNW, but outside the edge of the mare. Other features elsewhere checked but gave no colour reaction. Peters (UK) though did detect colour elsewhere, but his seeing was III- IV. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=344 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1989 Jan 14 at UT 19:15-19:30 M. Holmes (Rochdale, England, UK) reported that Torricelli B was "dull & inconspicuous". The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=344 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
1987 Feb 06 UTC 02:35 Observed by Darling (Sun Praire, Wisconsin, USA, 12.5" Newtonian x342) "I was using a 12.5 f5 Newtonian reflector with a 9mm eyepiece and 2x Barlow with no filters. I had been observing other features on the Moon when I had panned to the area where the sunrise was taking place on Mount Piton. The mountain peak looked like a shimmering block of ice with a phosphorescence luminescence cloud around the peak. What was really interesting was the shaft of light streaming across the Lunar Maria that appeared like a cone and it came to a point near Mount Piton. The Mountain had the appearance of mother of pearl and the luster or glow that surround the peak only lasted about 20 minutes." The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=296 and gthe weight=4. the ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Eimmart crater was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Cape Agarum, and Mare Crisium were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Mare Crisium was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Cape Agarum, and Eimmart were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Mons Piton was very bright and was equal to Proclus (brightness of 9) in white light and 7.5 in violet, and 9.3 in red (Proclus was 9.2 in red). Ïn blue both features = (9?). "points on Piton affected were B, D, and C (S, W & N resp.) D in violet was fuzzy - ill defined". The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Promontorium Agarum was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Mare Crisium and Eimmart were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
Lubbock 1973 Nov 02 UT 22:10-23:59 Observed by R.Hill (Greensboro, N. Carolina, USA) "Color in crater changed fro. gray to brownish -- strong enough change to be noted. Never saw anything like this 7 yrs. of observing". NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #1379. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1978 May 14 at UT21:30-22:52 P.W. Foley (Kent, UK, 12" reflector, seeing II and transparency excellent, no spurious colour) observed Aristarchus to be very bright in Earthshine and bluish. The CED brightness measuring device gave a very bright reading of 0.9, the brightest he had ever seen ir before was 0.3. Cameron 2006 catalog ID= 29 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1983 Mar 21 at UT 21:05-22:00 P. Horne and J. Horne (Hertz, England, UK, 11" reflector, x180 and x330) found that Mons Piton (totally illuminated and brightest feature on the Moon - but no variability) was brighter than Aristarchus (would have been if it had been in sunlight) and the mountain was contained within a circular illuminated patch. "Brilliant white and no shadow. Size ~16km." There was no details visible but the adjacent features had distinct shadows. Hutton was also observing. Foley examined the photographs and believes that they are inconclusive. D. Mansbridge was photographing the Moon at 19:30UT and detects Piton but it is not bright. However in a photograph taken by D. Mansbrdige and 20:30UT the mountain is much brighter than any other sunward facing slopses on the northern part of the Moon's terminator. R. Mosley had been observing earlier at 18:10-19:40 and although finding the mountain to be shining briliantly beyond the terminator, he also comments that this is normal. Cameron though has seen the photographs taken and thinks it might be a real TLP. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=208 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
In 1878 Oct 04 at UT 20:00 an Unknown observer noted that Hyginus Nova could not be seen, whereas the night before the crater had the most conspicuous of all appearances. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=201 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Williams of the UK, on 1892 Sep 20 at Moon's age 8.4 days, noticed a spot that had been seen on the 21st and 23rd of the same year with abnormal brightness. The spot was near Picard. Williams comments the spot was "nearly as large but a little fainter than Picard, This observation was reported in the Astronomical Register of the Royal Astronomical Society and is not included in the Cameron catalogs. It is one of many measurements of the brightness of this spot for different illumination angles and is one of three outlying brightness points spotted on a graph by Willaims. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1995 Jul 06 at UT 03:22-03:57 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, USA found that the floor of Proclus appeared to darken slightly through a blue filter. The ALPO/BAA weight=2. Source of this observation came from Spellman's web site.
On 1916 Sep 05 at UT 19:30 Markov (Russia) observed in Plato light on shadow of the bands at the bottom of the crater. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=364 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Sulpicius Gallus 1867 Jun 10 UT 22:00? Observed by Dawes (England?) "3 distinct roundish black spots. Absent on 13th" NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #184. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Eratosthenes 1976 Aug 04 UTC 02:07 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, S=6, T=3, 4.5" reflector 40-450x) "faint spot of light 4 deg bright seen in shadow on pos. of c.p. which is normally invis. At base of inner NW wall a faint bluish radiance (gas?) was observed". NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1439.
On 1969 Nov 18 at UT 00:30-02:30 W. Cameron (Greenbelt, MD, USA, 12" reflector, x80 and x320) using a low power eyepiece, observed that bright craters (but not all of them) "glittered like diamonds". These craters were several on the terminator, Proclus, Censorinus, Manillius, Menelaus and Dionysius. The glitter effect was on the west wall crest -- like stars. Higher power revealed these areas to be bright but not star-like (nor glittering). The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1212 and the weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Piton 2004 Jan 30 UT 15:52 Observed by a GLR observer (Italy) "CCD image shows a point of light in the NW shadow - possibly highland starting to emerge from the shadow?" A GLR report.
Plato 1789 Jul 30 UTC 21:00? Observed by Schroter (Lilienthal, Germany) NASA Catalog Event #61, NASA Weight=2 (slightly low) Event described as: "Soon after sunrise saw a kind of fermentation on the floor which clearly resembled a kind of twilight, (due to some kind of aberration unknown to the observer?)" For further details see reference: Middlehurst, B.M., Burley, J.M., Moore, P.A. and Welther, B.L., 1968, NASA TR R-277.
Eratosthenes 1952 Nov 25 UT 16:30 A.P. Lenham (Swindon, UK, 3- inch refractor x150, Definition Good) noted that there was faint/slightly bright detail inside the interior shadow - observer comments "presumably peaks of central mountains & W. Wall ridge, but very faint" - however this is worth checking out. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Copernicus 1969 Nov 18 UT 21:10-21:11 Observed by Hedervari (Budapest, Hungary, 3.5" refractor) "Yellowish-red stripe on inner W. wall (chrom. aberr.? Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID No. 1217. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Proclus 1969 Nov 18 UT 20:00? Observed by Classen (Pulnitz, Czechoslovakia, 8" refractor) "Brightened, exceeded normal. Brightness is monitored relative to Censorinus. (started July, 1969) Obs. thinks all bright craters are variable. (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2 (low). NASA catalog ID #1216.
On 1995 Jul 07 at UT 04:22 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the floor of Copernicus was slightly darker in blue light. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. This report came from R. Spellman's web site.
On 1995 Jul 07 at UT 04:22 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the inside of Bodin darkened in blue light and also the floor was darker in white light than it was the previous day. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. This report came from R. Spellman's web site.
On 1995 Jul 07 at 04:22UT R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the floor of Proclus looked slightly darker in blue light. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Goldschmidt 1969 Nov 18 UT 21:59 Observed by Brandi (Wald, Switzerland, 6" reflector x90) "Brightening -- photo. (the author, WSC, cannot verify LTP on film. Its brightness similar to other features at same term. dist. Shadow is anomolous if real -- very narrow streak beside it & beyond main shadow (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #1218.
On 1960 Aug? 01 at UT 22:00? an unknown observer detected that Vitello was illuminated -it should have been in shadow? Cameron says that if several days before sunrise then the date could have been July through to December, with August 1st most likely, and ancilary data is therefore given for this date. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=729 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1878 Oct 05 UT 21:40 Observed by Klein (Cologne, Germany, 6?" refractor) "Fog in W. part of crater. Faint shimmer like thin white cloud" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #203.
2007 Oct 20 UT 17:31 A.Pink (Basinkstoke, UK) images a flash on the dark size of the Moon near to Vitello. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1982 Mar 04 at UT 20:00 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) found Censorinus (4.6) to be brighter than Proclus (4.0) in white light. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=164 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1982 Mar 04 at UT 20:00 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) found Proclus (4.0) to be fainter than Censorinus (4.6) in white light. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=164 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1989 Jan 16 at UT 20:00 G. North (Herstmonceux, UK, 30" reflector) observed Toricelli B to change in brightness and found colour in it. A 10 minute exposure spectrum was taken (Cameron does not have information on whether anything unusual was recoeded) before clouds obscured the Moon. Normally a 30 minute exposure would be needed. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=345 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Plato 1970 Dec 07/08 UT 23:30-00:45 UT Observed by Fitton (Oldham, England, 8.5" refkector, x200, S=G) "Floor blank, yet some craters should be vis. Outer wall craters showed clearly. (similar to Bartlett's obs on Nov. 8th, #1278" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1279.
Aristillus 1939 Jul 26 UT 02:30 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12?" reflector) "Dark area to W. part of floor was I=3.7. (see #450, 459 & 461). Used diff. telescopes but can not explain difference)" NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #454.
On 1936 Oct 25 at 01:35 UT W. Haas (Alliance, OH, USA, 12" reflector) saw small bright spots on the floor of Eratosthenes, (Pickering's atlas 9A, col. 30deg, shows no spots - according to Cameron). Cameron 1978 catalog TLP=417 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Copernicus 1966 Mar 01-02 UT 22:06-09:45 Observed by Lovell (Auburn, OH, 4" refractor, x120m S=E, T=3.5) "As sun rose higher, west (ast.?) outer wall was bathed in a soft viol. color -- not in evidence on flat ground below the wall" NASA catalog weight=3, NASA catalog ID #922.
Plato 1870 May 10 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #167.
Piton 1969 Nov 19 UT 21:15-22:00 Observed by Baum (England, 4.5" refractor) "Traces of cloudiness on E. slope at 2115h. Increased at 2150h in extent & brightness. Spread onto plain. Summit & shadow in W. part sharp & clear. (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID #1221. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
C. Brook of Plymouth UK, using a 4" refractor x216, noticed at UT 20:10 dark patches coming and going (in terms of visibility) on the floor of Plato. Occasional views of the central cratelet (seen as a white spot) were glimpsed. The dark patches seen lasted about 1-2 seconds before fading out during each visibility cycle. Teneriff Mountains were checked but no sign of seeing effects that might explain the dark floor patches. By 20:26UT the dark patch effect was fading and by 20:31UT floor detail was visible. Observations ceased at UT 20:34. Seeing conditions were II and the Moon was at a high altitude. Other observers were alerted but came on-line after the effect had finished. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Ramsden 1999 May 25 UT 20:57-21:22 Observed by Brook (Plymouth, UK, 4" refractor, x216, seeing II-III) "Bright spot on W wall - brightness variation seen. - At the start it was bright, then it faded, and towards the end of the observation it was starting to brighten again". BAA Lunar Section observation. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
At approximately 18:43UT observer noticed that Censorinus, and its bright apron, appeared particularly brighter than normal. There was some spurious colour present - but just a redness along the southernmost extent of the apron visible; could not detect any blue along the northern edge however, he did do not suspect the colour to be anomalous. A re-examination at 18:51UT revealed that the crater had faded and was seen to fade visibly in real time to normal levels (over about a minute) by 18:53UT. Other features remained constant and so too did the apparent spurious colour.
U.K. observers: G. North and P. Foley, both saw a wisp of blue associated with this crater. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=209 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Daniell 1979 Jun 05 UT 20:15-21:10 Observed by Price (Camberley, England, 152mm reflector x64 and x128, seeing III, transparency good) "Obscuration seen" BAA Lunar Section report.
Daniell 1979 Jun 05 UT 20:15-23:00 Observed by Price (Camberley, England, 152mm reflector x64 and x128, seeing III, transparency good) observed that Posidonius lacked sharpness.
On 2011 Oct 07 UT 21:45 Gassendi observed by P. Grego (St Dennis, UK,300m Newtonian, x150, seeing III, intermittent cloud) - whilst producing some sketches of the crater - observer noticed a faint point of light inside the shadow filled interior, two thirds of the way out from where the central peaks should have been, towards the SE rim. Some uncertainty in being sure about this spot and after interuption by cloud it was not seen later that evening. ALPO/BAA weight=1 to refelct uncertainty of observer.
Bullialdus 1979 Jun 05 UT 22:00-23:00 Observed by Cook M.C. and J.D. (Frimley, UK, 12-inch reflector, Seeing III-IV, good transparency). MC Cook observed internittently over this time period (due to cloud) and found the crater sharper in a blue filter than in a red filter. No obscuration seen apart from a darkish patch on the SW rim and spreading over onto an area surrounding the rim, which she took to be shadow, though the main shadow was along the east rim of the crater. JD. Cook observed an orange colouration seen on eastern and the cleft on the SW rim. Dark area seen on southern floor of crater, south of central peak. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1870 May 11 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #167.
Aristarchus-Herodotus 1968 Dec 31 UT 03:30-03:45 Observed by Taboada (Mexico) "Terminator between the two was diminishing in brightness over edge of Herod. at 0345, 2 darker spots seen over same place. (alerted by Middlehurst for tidal predict.?)" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1112.
On 1968 Dec 31 at UT 03:30-03:45 Taboada (Mexico) observed the terminator between Aristarchus and Herodotus was diminishing in brightness at 03:45UT over the edge of Herodotus. Two darker spots were seen over same place. Alerted by Middlehurst for tidal predict? The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1112 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Censorinus 1981 Apr 15 UT 22:15-23:10 M. Cook (Frimley, UK), using a 12" reflector,found Censorinus to be glowing exceedingly bright and was brighter than Proclus. It dulled later, but was still brighter than Proclus. Censorinus was also slightly brighter in blue than in red light. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=130 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Torricelli B 2005 Jan 21 UT 21:21-21:43 Observed by North (Norfolk, UK, 20cm reflector, x64, x128, Seeing IV, Transparency, moderate) "Torricelli B appeared rather dull with a prominent dark halo of a strongly bluish tint. The halo extends a few sec of arc beyond the crater. At 21:21-21:43 crater was varying in brightness but this may have been due to the seeing? By 21:42 the dark halo was gone. By 21:44- 21:49 UT the crater was brighter and more normal in brightness than before. By 22:17 UT all was normal. The variations in brightness were also seen by Cook (Mundesley, UK). Observations by Carbognani (Itlay) 21:20-23:10 failed to find any variations in brightness. Nor did Amato (CT, USA) from 23:00-23:15 UT."
Observer noted a bright spot on the interior west wall that seemed brighter than what they would have expected. unfortunately the precise time of this observation was not recorded so the moon-rise and midnight UT values are used to place a limit on the time of observation. Images by Shaw taken at UT 1754, 18:45 and 23:13 do not exhibit the effect.
Gassendi 1976 Oct 04 UT 20:55-20:58 Observed by Robinson (Devon, England) - observer noted that the east outside wall was bright in red and normal in blue. Note that the Moon was 30 deg above the horizon at the time of the observation. The crater returned to normal at 20:58. Also seen by Moore (Selsey, UK) and Foley (Kent, UK). At 21:25-21:50 D. Sims (Dawlish, UK, 25cm reflector, x300, seeing IV and some cloud at times) noticed a possible obscuration over the southern part of Gassendi. He had been observing earlier at 18:40-19:30 but had not detected a TLP in Gassendi then. 22:11UT Robinson notices that the spot outside the east wall is again bright in red., though by 22:25 it had faded and was gone by 22:28UT. The Cameron 1978 catalog further quotes: "Vivid red spots & general red color seen around rim by 2 obs. At 2209h blood red small area was seen. 1 h later the most westerly (IAU?) of the peaks had become hazy white all other areas were sharp. (Indep. confirm.)." Cameron 1978 catalog weight=5 and catalog ID #1454. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1978 May 18 at UT20:45-21:53 J.D. Cook (Frimley, UK, 12" reflector, x240) observed Promitorium Laplace to have visually a brown colour - though no Moon Blink (red and blue filters) effect was detected. Cameron comments that this is probably a subjective effect - also others have reported something similar at times. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=30 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1998 Jul 05 P. Moore (Selsey, UK, 15" reflector, x200- x400, seeing II/III) comments that he is puzzled why the floor of Plato, which is light gray in shade, looks completely blank tonight. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
M. Cook of Frimley, UK observed a brightening of the crater during this observing session. The cameron 2006 extended catalog ID=346 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Barker's Quadrangle (Capuanus) 26W, 34S 1949 Feb 9 UT 20:00? Observed by Moore (England, 12" reflector) :Quadrangle not seen, apparently misty. (quad. in Capuanus? see Wilkins & Moore, The Moon, p124)" NASA catalog ID=514, weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3..
M. Cook of Frimley, UK, noticed Torricelli B to have a blue tinge inside and outside. No colour had been noticed earlier on 19-21 Mar. Cameron reports also in her catalog that the halo around Torricelli B had lost its brilliance as seen on 29th Mar. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=210 and weight=5 - apparently being confirmed by Marshall, Mobberley and Foley. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Torricelli B 2005 Jan 22 UT 01:00 Observed by Serio (Houston, TX, USA, 6" Cassegrain, x150 and x180, Seeing 3, high deck of Cirrus clouds) "Torricelli B hard to make out in the videos taken, but images taken through cloud. A check on the image received by the coordinator shows that Torricelli B is in fact visible, but perhaps not very bright. A later observational sequence of images by Raul Salvo (Montevideo, Uraguay UT 03:15-03:23) showed similarly that Torricelli B was dark, and there was some brightness variability although the background setting on these was low" An ALPO report.
Gassendi 1967 Mar 22 UTC 19:39-19:43 Observed by Mosely (Armagh, N. Ireland, 10" refractor, x360) "Red color & blink strongly suspected in small area centred on junction of 3 clefts 1/2 way from c.p. & ESE wall. Well-defined & did not note change during obs. period. Clouds terminated obs. till 2120 when it was not seen." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1018.
At 03:30UT observer noticed a hint of yellow colour on the floor of the crater and by 03:57UT the south east and central parts of the floor and the circular feature on the south west floor had turned a deep yellow colour. The rest of the crater remained colourless. Other craters also remained colourless. By 04:05UT the colour was fading and by 04:15UT it was gone. Maurice Collins in New Zealand took some low resolution colour images about 4 hours later but these failed to show any yellow colour. Zac Pujic obtained colour images at a different time of natural surface colour on the Moon and finds that Bullialdus does actually have a natural yellow cast to most of the floor. However this does not explain the variability in colour strength seen by Robin Gray. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
G. Ward (a lunar observer for 15 years) observed an area just south west of Mersenius C to be blurred and in a greenish cloud. The green colour was more like that of dead grass than one gets from a neon bulb. The effect was seen from 04:50-04:57UT, but could have been going on before it was first noted at 04:50-UT. Seeing was 6-7/10 4" Refractor (2 element). refractor had been used hundreds of hours before (over a 10 year period) with no similar colour was seen. The observer checked other areas but did not see any similar effects. They also rotated and changed eyepieces, but this made no difference to the TLP. The TLP site seen was picked up on an image taken earlier at 04:47UT by W. Bailley, from Sewell, NJ, USA. Unfortunately the area concerned, a mountain on the image, was saturated and so we cannot tell if a colour was present there and the seeing was poor.
Observed by Firsoff (Somerset, England, 6.5" reflector? x240) "Red glow." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #573.
On 1987 Jan 11 at UT 18:15-23:00 P. Grego (Birmingham, UK, 6" reflector, seeing=III) sketched Aristarchus crater and saw two luminous circular patches on the exterior west wall - these were less bright than the inner wall but brighter than the outer wall. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=292 and weight=5.
On 1987 Jan 11 at UT P. Moore (Sussex, UK) found the the floor of Plato was much more drk than the adjacent Mare Imbrium. Furthemore there was a blurring of detail over the northeast wall and onto the nearby floor. detail elsewhere in the crater was OK. By 23:00UT there was less lack of detail effects. M. Cook (Frimley, UK) at 21:55UT noted the obscured area but decided that it was narrower than the same effect one month ago and suspected that she may have been observing towards the end of this TLP. The effect gradually dimmed between 21:55 and 22:45UT. Other craters were normal. G. North was affected by poor seeing conditions. Davies detected a slight obscurtion on the north east corner - it was a misty gray feature at x200. The Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID was 292 and the weight was 5. Tha ALPO/BAA weight was 4.
On 1889 May 11 at 22:00? UT an unknown observer saw an ink black spot on the rampart of Gassendi. It had not been seen before ar at the next lunation or indeed ever again. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=261 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Cobra Head 1949 Feb 10 UT 00:00? Observed by Thorton (Northwich, England, 18" reflector) "I was examining the Cobra Head of the Schroter Valley, when I noticed what seemed to be a diffuseed patch of thin smoke or vapour, apparently originating from the valley on the E. Side where the landslip is, and spread over the edge on to the plain for a short distance. Every detail of the edge of the valley was perfectly clear and distinct except where this patch occurred, but there the definition was poor and very blurred" NASA catalog weight=4 and catalog ID #515. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Bullialdus 1974 Sep 27 UT 22:45-23:40 Observed by Findlay, Ford (Dundee, Scotland, 10" refractor, 150x, 180x, filters) "Saw yellowish- orange color in crater. After clouds passed at 2300h color still there & gave a slight blink which no other craters did. Not seen in red filter, dark in blue. Ford saw it along ridge fr. c.p. to SW wall. Alert did not bring confirm. as clouds intervened for all others." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #1394. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1976 Sep 05/06 UT 18:45-01:35 Observed by Prout (England?, 12" reflector, S=III-II), Foley (England, 12" reflector), Moore and Spry (Sussex, England, 12" reflector) "Viol. hue on crater on W. wall, especially NW corner seen by Prout & 2 Foleys. Moore & Spry did not see color. All obs. noted that the crater was dull
Plato 1870 May 12 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" However an article by Nigel Logshaw in the Feb 2014 LSC suggests that it was probably just normal fine scale spots and streaks on the floor of the crater. NASA catalog weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight= 1. NASA catalog ID #167.
Cobra Head 1955 Sep 28 UTC 23:00 Observed by Bestwick (England? 6?" reflector x240) "Diffused brown patch of smoke or vapor, almost obscured -- appeared over plain for a short distance."NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #612.
Herodotus 1969 Jan 01 UT 03:15 Observed by Taboada (Mexico) "Brightness in edge of crater dimmed & a heavy darkness was noted thru course of cleft (Schroter's Valley?). (alerted for tidal predict.?)"NASA catalog weight=1. NASA catalog ID # 1113. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1981 Jun 14 UT 21:58 Observed by Foley (Kent, England, 11.75" Newtonian, Seeing III, Transparency Good) "Obscuration Seen" BAA Lunar Section Observation. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Plato 1986 Dec 13 UT 20:30 Observed by A. Cook (Frimley, UK, seeing III) North East quadrant of Plato the crater was blurred and ill-defined. Also no craterlets visible anywhere on the floor of Plato until the central craterlet was just glimpsed later at 23:00-23:45, though seeing now III-IV (cirrus at times in the sky). At this later time the NE rim was less blurred than before. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 2016 Jul 17 UT 03:49 P.Zeller (ALPO, Indianapolis, IN, USA) imaged a pseudo-peak with shadow on the floor of Herodotus, however the image scale and quality of this colour image were not great and the observer suspects that it might be an imaging artefact. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
P. Foley of Kent, UK, using a 12" reflector, seeing=III-II, noticed that initially that the crater was pretty dull and that the floor was a slate blue-gray in colour at 22:45UT. A noticeable green spot inside the crater on the south east appeared at 22:25UT and vanished at 00:50UT. Cameron notes that one doesn't get green with spurious colour. Crater Extinction brightness measurements were made at 22:00 UT (reading=2.8) and at 23:45UT (reading=3.7). The crater dropped in brightness from 3.7 to 2.8 at 23:50UT and remained lower until 3.0 at 23:50-03:15 UT. A graph was produced and showed Proclus and Censorinus at similar brightnesses, but Aristarchus variable. The Earthshine was 0.3. Cameron 2006 Extension catalog ID=31 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Cobra Head 1967 Mar 23 UT 18:40-20:47 Observed by Sartory, Moore, Moseley (Farnham, England, 15" reflector (Sartory) seeing very poor & 10" refractor in Armagh, N. Ireland (Moore & Mosely) x360 - seeing Fair to Poor) "Red patch seen intermittently; moon-blink from 1916-2047h. Position agreed with Sartory who alerted them to Aris. area; checks on others were neg." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID 1020. Then Aristarchus 1967 Mar 23 UT 18:40-20:30, 21:30 by Marsh and Farrant (Cambridge, England, 8" reflector, x330). "Suspected colour on SW (ast.) wall. Farrant saw color in crater, completely independently, (inform. suggests same phenom. as seen by Moore & Moseley tho they said Cobra head). NASA Catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID # 1021. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Gassendi 1967 Mar 23 UTC 18:40-18:50 Observed by Sartory (Farnham, England, 15" reflector) "Heavy blink on inner S. wall. Moved toward N. at 1845, faded at 1850." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1019.
Johnson, of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, using a 7" reflector and an 8" refractor, saw a bight streak. The observer looked later, but it was no longer visible. Cameron thinks that it might have been a reflection from the wall. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=423 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
D. Darling of (Sun Praire, WI, USA, using a 12.5" reflector at x150, noticed a hint of red? colour on the south west rim of Aristarchus. Brightness measurements were normal for Aristarchus and Herodotus. No colour seen elsewhere e.g. Prom. LaPlace. The colour on Aristarchus had gone by 01:15UT. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=414 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
A fleeting faint reddish patch was seen in Gassendi at 21:15UT. This observation has an ALPO/BAA weight of 2.
Rays of(?) (in?) Herodotus 1955 Oct 28 UTC 18:30 Observed by Kozyrev (Crimea, Russia, 50" reflector, spectragraph) "Spectrum 3934A (K of Ca). 3964 (H of Ca) change in luminosity. 13% in H, 19% in K, 2% in H, 3% in K. in photo-line-depth method" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #622. ALPO/BAA weight=5.
Ross D 1965 Apr 14 UT 06:03-06:22 Observed by Harris (Whittier?, CA?, USA, 19"? reflector) "Phenomenon description unavailable. Given at an ALPO meeting" NASA catalog weight=0 (very unreliable). NASA catalog ID #874.
On 1988 Jan 02 at 05:57-06:13 UT D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, using a 8" reflector, seeing 4 out of 10) observed that points B and D on Cape Agarum faded suddenly from 7.0 to 6.4 (B) and 6.0 (D). However these returned to their normal levels at 06:13 UT. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=316 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Plato 1874 Jan 01 UT 20:00? Observed by Pratt (England?) "Unusual appearance" NASA catalog weight=1. NASA catalog ID # 183. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
1982 Mar 08 Daniell UT 22:49-22:57 P.Madej (Hudersfield, UK) - A colour and brightness anomaly was seen a TLP alert was put out. Cameron 2006 catalog extension weight=165 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
"Brightening in blue filter, 1st for seconds, later for mins". NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #574.
Plato 1971 Nov 01 UT 19:35-20:35 Observed by Kidd (S.Shields, England, 16" reflector, S=G), Kirsopp (England), Fitton (Lancashire, England, 8" reflector x200) "NW (IAU?) rim, small area of obscur. & bright spot adjacent to it. Was normal at 2035h. Kirsopp confirmed. Fitton saw nothing unusual in blink patrol. (blink device detects color rather than brightness)" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1318.
Manilius 1939 Jul 30 UT 06:00 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12?" reflector) "Dark area in S. part wad I=3.7 comp. with #449. Cond. were similar. (phase same. real difference?). (normal here?)"
Aristarchus 1961 Jun 27/28 23:00?-01:00? Observed by Granger & Ring (Italy). "Enhancement of Spectrum in UV at CaII similar to May obs." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #741. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Enhancement of spectrum in UV and CaI recorded on photoelectric spectrometer scans by Grainger and Ring in Italy. Effect seen on Aristarchus and a ray near Bessel (approx 17E, 22N). Cameron 1978 catalog ID=740 and weight=5. ALPO weight=3.
Plato 1967 Feb 24 UT 04:21 Observed by Kelsey (Riverside, CA, USA, 8" reflector?) Using an Eng. moon blink device, discovered red brightest on NNE wall summit - duration 10min. NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #1017. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1973 Sep 11 UTC 20:48-21:06 observed by Pasternak (53deg 20'N, 7deg 30'E, 75mm reflector T=1, S=3) "reddish colours at the S of Aristarchus from 20.48-21.00 U.T., area spread to the region E of the crater at 20.57 U.T., disappeared there at 21.04U.T., no colours after 21.06 U.T." - Hilbrecht and Kuveler, Earth, Moon & Planets, 30 (1984), p53-61. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
G.Amery (Reading, UK, seeing=II) saw a brilliant white rim, bands and central peak. There was also a clearly seen white glare like feature over the ESE wall that had a direction opposite to the crater interior bands. Cameron states that Foley says that this is usual. High CED brightness readings obtained. M.Cook of Frimley, UK, took CED measurements at 23:35UT and recorded a brightness of > 4.9. Reported a reversal of spurious colour - Cameron suspects that this was a local effect. No spurious colour noticed by anyone else. However the brightness of the crater was confirmed by other observers. Mosely suspected a brightness change on the inner east wall at a relative position of 8 O'Clock. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=259 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 2009 Sep 03 at UT23:15-23:17 B.Gibbs took some hand held digital SLR images of the Moon (Sky conditions clear). Four images were taken at: 23:14:53, 23:15:59, 23:16:05 and 23:17:23 (uncertainty +/-15 sec offset from actual UT). These showed some apparent variation in the brightness of Aristarchus. However there are ways toexplain this through image motion blur when the images were taken. However we cannot be absoultely sure. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Proclus 1955 Aug 03 UTC 04:13-04:40 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=5, T=5) "Floor blackish 2 intensity but in green filter assumed a distinctly mottled or flocculent appearance -- seen only in green. Neither blue nor red had any effect, but on previous eve. green light had not produced such an appearance." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #602. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1897 Oct 10 at UT 19:00 Pickering (Cambridge, Mass. USA, 15" refractor?) observed in Shroter's valley and the vicinity, "Variations in vapor col. change in direction of cloud rising from F is marked (time est. fr. given colon.)" The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=292 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus vicinity 1842 Oct 18 UT 23:00? Observed by Gruithuisen (Munich, Germany) "Mingling of all colors in small spots in W. & NW of crater. (interposition of year dates? was # 101 --1842 prob. correct." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #121. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1976 Jun 12 UT 05:21 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore. MD. USA, 4.5" reflector, 40-225x, S=5, T=3, "Deep viol. tinge in N. 1/2 of nimbus. Faint blue-viol. radiance (gas ?) on E. - NE wall along crest. No color elsewhere, nor on plateau m." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1435.
F. Graham took some photos of the Cobras Head and found a blue cloud about 50 km in diameter and scattering light - Cameron says that this indicates high density. Darling found the Cobra's Head obscure and variable "clear and bright to diffused". Cameron was alerted observed (02:40UT) variations with periods of approximately 30 seconds, and thought that she could see a red tinge on the east rim of Aristarchus - checks elsewhere found no other colours. Darling found that a blue filter enhanced the effect and a red filter made it disappear. There was a blink at 02:55UT but no blink in the Cobra's Head, which looked fuzzy and lacking in detail. The effect was confirmed by Weier, who also saw two dark spots in the Cobra Head in blue but not in red light. The brightness of the Cobras Head was 6.0, Herodotus floor 5.5, NW wall 7.5, South wall, 7.0, Aristarchus south wall 9.0, west wall 9.0, south wall 7.0, East wall 8.0, and the central peak 10.0. Observer details were as follows: Darling (Sun Praire, WI, USA, 12.5" reflector, x159, S=9/10). D. Weier (Sun Praire, WI, USA, 12.5" reflector, x159, S= 9/10), W. Cameron (Sedona, AZ, USA, 8" reflector x110 and x220, T=6 and S=6) F. Graham (E.Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 7" refractor, thin haze). Cameron 2006 catalog ID=415 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Near Censorinus 1964 Apr 26 UT 20:00? Observed by Hopmann (Czchoslovakia?) "Surface brightening somewhat similar to Kopal and Rackham in #779" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #810.
Archimedes 1940 Jun 20 UT 07:30 Observed by Haas (NM, USA, 12?" reflector) "NE wall (outer) had I=2.5 on this nite but 5.0 on Aug. 18 (see #471 -- both same phase so real diff. 2.5 normal?)" NASA weight=4. NASA ID No. #467. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Archimedes 1940 Aug 18 UT 03:25 Observed by Haas (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) NE outer wall had I=5.0, but was I=2.5 on June 20 (see #467) (similar colong.)" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #471. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Proclus 1972 Nov 20 UT 20:20 Observed by Farrant (Cambridge, England, 8.5" reflector, x178) "Dark patch in crater. Disappeared by next nite. The normal ring seemed thickened. On Dec. 7. the crater appeared bright. Drawings. (prob. real LTP, nr. FM)" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1350.
Proclus 1958 Aug 30 UT 06:30-06:45 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4" reflector, x240, S=6, T=5) "Proc. Q. a bright spot on NE rim apparently a crater presented a very abnormal aspect. Extraordinarily large & at least 9 deg bright -- like EWBS on Aris. This spot is subject to large unexplained variations. At 97 deg col. in July, Q was also 9 deg bright but very small. At col.96 deg, 5 in May '58, col.99deg in Feb.'50, & 96 deg in Nov. '55 it was not seen at all. Assoc. with tonite was a distinct blue glare on NE rim, extending for short dist. & @ 2x as far as S." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #894.
P Moore, Selsey, Sussex, UK, used a 5" x250 scope and between 23:50UT on Jul 1st 1977 and 00:10UT on Jul 2nd 1977 observed Aristarchus. The south wall of the crater was reddish, extending down to the outer south east wall (IAU). However seeing was no better than III-IV and he was 99% sure that the colour was spurious. His report was submitted only in case any other observers reported something similar. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus was not normal, but all the following features were: Mare Crisium, Proclus, Sinus Iridium, Grimaldi, and Tycho. Observed by Mellor and Fitton, UK. Observer notes that Aristarchus is brighter than Tycho when normal. Estimated variation was 25%. However the Moon was low and the Moon was yellow. Despite this the observer decided that the effect was real. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=32 and weight=2. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1970 Jan 23 UT 07:00? Observed by Thomas, Rogers, Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA, 24" reflector, Moon blink) "Bluing around the crater -- vis. in monitor but not photographed due to clouds" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1233
On 1955 Oct 02 at UT 05:30-05:55 Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 3.5" reflector, x100, S=7, T=5) observed the following in Aristarchus crater: "Viol. gl. on E, NE rim, over EWBS resembled a viol. mist. Crater itself was hazy, could not get a sharp focus". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=615 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
W.Humboldt 1897 Dec 09 UTC 23:00? Observed by Goodacre (Crouch End, England, 12" reflector) "Shadow anomaly. Chocolate penumbral shade edging black shadow on E. wall." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #296.
Mobberley noticed that Torricelli B was bright and had an even brighter spot on the inner north wall. The observation was made from UT19:45- 21:40 using visual and video techniques. There was also a bright region NNE of Toricelli B, that was noticed. Foley examined the video and found that the crater faded in brightness over time and also the bright area to the NNE was not as bright on video as had been seen visually. Foley speculates that because the CCD camera was sesnitive to the near IR that maybe the spot was blue?. Foley observed from 21:12-21:21UT and also saw the bright spot on the inner north wall - but saw a blue halo around the crater. Response in blue filter, darkening over whole region. Brightness measures with a crater extinction device (CED) indicated that the crater was 80-85% the brightness of Censorinus. There was a bright area NNE of the region. M. Cook observed 22:10- 22:16UT (15cm reflector and seeing III-IV) and also saw that the crater was very bright indeed with a spot NNE of the region (same position as 28/28 1985 observation) - suspected that the crater might have been brighter than Censorinus, but judgement effected by seeing. In a blue filter the crater dulled leaving the bright spot prominent (but only during a good moment of seeing) - therefore had some suspicion of seeing effects. At 01:00-01:04UT M. Cook used a 12" reflector on the area, but the seeing was even worse - but did manage a check of the brightness of Torricelli B to Censorinus and now made it one quarter of that of Censorinus and no sign of the crater dimming in the blue as had been seen earlier in the 6" refletor. A. Cook (Frimley, seeing V) at 21:15UT (Dec 27) thought that Torricelli B looked normal and saw no colour. At Dec 28 at UT 00:02-00:25 A. Cook obtained some CCD images through red+IR (Wratten 25) and IR (Wratten 87) but found no colour differences, though there was a very slight hint that a brightness fade may have occurred between those two observing times. Note that this report does not have an entry in the Cameron 2006 Extension Catalog. The ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Cobra Head 1955 Oct 31 UTC 19:00 Observed by Milligan (England?) "Dark blue obscuration" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID 624.
On 1983 Jan 29/30 at UT20:35-01:00 Sykes (UK?) observed that Linne appeared to brighten for approximately 20 min and had the appearance of a point (confirmed). This observation was made during a major Torricelli B TLP. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=198 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Torricelli B 1983 Jan 29/30 UTC 20:35-02:30 Observed by Foley (12" reflector, seeing Antoniadi II, Transparency=good, no spurious colour seen), Moberley (14" reflector, seeing Antoniadi II, transparency excellent, spurious colour strong), Cook, J & M (12" reflector, seeing Antoniadi II-III, transparency moderate). All observers based in southern England. "Initially crater brightest feature on the Moon, then it faded. Strong colour also seen by all observers e.g. green-blue to violet. Report of observations written up in JBAA Vol 100, No. 3, p117 123, (2000) - probably one of the best reorted TLP". The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=198 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=5.
Proclus 1972 Nov 21 UT 21:30 Observed by Farrant (Cambridge, England, 8.5" reflector, x130) "Thickened bright ring remained, but the dark patch had disappeared. (dark patch prob. real temporary phenom. as it was seen nr. FM when contrasts are strongest, yet disappeared" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1351.
On 1984 Feb 17 at 19:45-22:20UT P. Madej noticed colour in Aristarchus and telephoned the BAA Lunar Secton TLP network. Mosely at 21:15UT observed that Aristarchus was both bright and fuzzy - there was some spurios color (red on south and blue on the north) but this was replaced by violet. By 21:30UT (transparency=fair) the centre of the crater was bluish and the west wall creamy white. the north and south walls were brilliant white. By 22:00-22:30 UT the seeing had improved and the crater looked unusual - now the centre was violet and the west wall duller, off-white. By 05:35UT the crater was difficult to define according to Cook - 4 bands could be seen under II seeing and the north rim was fuzzy and less bright than the east wall (this was hazy). P. Moore observed that the crater was normal at 04:00UT. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=242 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1984 Feb 17 at 19:45-22:20UT P. Madej (England, seeing=III- IV, x50)noticed that the crater Reinhold had a blood red spot on the northern terraces, at the base of the inner wall in a summit crater on the last of a crater chain or ridge descending from the top to floor". Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=242 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 11 06:44 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4.5" reflector, 45-300x, S=4-3, T=4) "Pale viol. radiance (gas?) on plateau m. Dark viol. tinge on nimbus. C.p.=10 deg walls=8deg, & all of floor=8 deg. W.wall out of focus due to haziness (gas?)." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1441.
E. of Picard 1879 Nov 01 UT 00:00? Observed by an unknown observer (England?) "Bright spot. (Fort admits he has several more of these records of LTP, but does not give them because they don't fall nr. Mars'opposition which he tho't was cause of them.) Elevation rising N- S, with shading toward terminator." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #214.
On 1955 Oct 03 at UT 04:45-05:05 Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 3.5" reflector, x100, S=5, T=3) observed the following in Aristarchus crater: "Whole cdrater hazy, couldn't focus it. Herodotus unaffected". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=617 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus 1970 Jan 24 UT 07:00? Observed by Thomas, Rogers, Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA, 24" reflector, Moon blink) "Bluing around the crater -- vis. in monitor but not photographe due to clouds" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1233
On 1978 May 24 at 00:40-01:05UT P. Moore (Sussex, UK, and using a 12.5" reflector at x300-400 - seeing IV) saw colour in Aristarchus (red on the south east wall and southern "horn" of the crater. He could not detect colour elsewhere, but felt that the effect might have been spurious colour. With the increasing altitude of the Moon the light effect decreased. Moore detected red the next night as well (May 25th) and on May 27th, but it was not present on May 29th. The Cameron 2006 Extension catalog ID=33 and the weight=0. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Gassendi 1940 Aug 20 UT 03:25 Observed by Haas (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) "Largest bright spot on SE pt. of floor had I=8.6 (real changes? see @ '#649, 474, & 475, all similar change)." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #472. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 12 UT 07:30 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4.5" reflector 45-225x, S=6=3, T=5) "Nimbus around c.p.=2deg, S.floor=6deg & was red; rest of floor=8deg. This is only tint in Aris.). Tonite saw a pale red glow suffasing the S. region of the crater. Bright blue radiance (gas?) on ENE wall. Viol. radiance on plateau m gone tonite. Red glow on 13th & the region was yellow- brown." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1442.